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Hilton teams up with celebrity chef to support Glasgow food bank

Scottish celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Singh MBE teamed up with chefs from Glasgow Hilton hotels on Wednesday 18 October to visit and offer support to Glasgow NE Food Bank as part of Hilton’s Global Week of Service UK event. Singh created three new affordable recipes especially for the event, which were then shared with food bank volunteers and users. These included Scottish recipes such as Spiced Neep Soup and more inventive alternatives Cheese Cookies and Bread Soup. Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor helped fund the building of storage at a local food bank, and chefs from Hilton hotels across Glasgow regularly

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Women ‘missing out’ on UK hospitality boom

Women hold fewer managerial roles and work fewer hours than men in hospitality, meaning they are ‘missing out’ on excelling in the sector, new data suggests. An analysis of the last five years of employment data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), including new data from the past 12 months, by luxury hospitality recruiter The Change Group shows a shift in how women are working in hospitality, albeit mostly part time and at a more junior level. The figures showed there has been significant growth in the number of female chefs, up 34% in the last 12 months. This

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Breezefree creates special retractable roof for Novotel Canary Wharf

Breezefree, which specialises in designing and installing alfresco spaces, has created a special retractable louvred roof on the 39th floor roof terrace for Bōkan at the new Novotel London Canary Wharf. Part of the Accor Group, the new 319-room hotel is known for its innovative design touches, which were completed by Koncept Design and Mystery. The design incorporates Victoriana, vintage packing crates and naval engineering, alluding to the district’s shipping heritage. The fixtures and fittings cross time zones with neon-lit stairs and multi textured walls, including the work of abstract artist Sam Peacock. Environmental touches include low energy filament lighting

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The Courthouse appoints Ian Roberts as head chef

Flat Cap Hotels, Cheshire has announced the appointment of Ian Roberts as Head Chef at The Courthouse in Knutsford. Roberts takes on the role having previously held the position of Sous Chef at sister property, The Vicarage, Holmes Chapel. Roberts has had past experience at the 2 AA Rosette Oddfellows Hotel in Chester, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester and St David’s Park, North Wales. He has also previously worked at Peckforton Castle in Tarporley, where he was part of the team to gain a 3 AA Rosette and Taste of Cheshire Award. Roberts’ first priority will be managing the kitchen team

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Hotels ‘missing out’ on F and B sales due to lack of incentives

Hotels are missing out on F&B sales by not offering customers an incentive at the time of booking, according to research by CGA and Zonal Retail Data Systems’ GO Technology report. The report, which polled 5,000 adults in the UK, found 54% of leisure customers and 45% of business users cite price as a barrier to dine at a hotel’s on-site restaurant. However, 50% and 43% respectively would consider making a reservation if they were offered an incentive at the time of booking. A further 45% of 18 to 34 year olds would also be more likely to order room

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